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Brentwood Library CityRead

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Brentwood Library
Join us for the 16th Annual Brentwood Library CityRead. This year's selection is Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor. Pick up a copy of the book in the library, read it, share it with friends and family members or return it to the library for someone else. The book is part memoir, part cookbook, as the author describes how cooking and writing about food helped her heal from an aneurism she suffered at the age of 28.
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Clayton Reads 2018

Thursday, November 08, 2018
Clayton Library
Clayton Reads 2018

Join us for the 11th Clayton Reads. This year's book choice is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Pick up a copy of the book at the Clayton Community Library while supply lasts. Read it and pass the book on to another reader or back to the Clayton Library for someone else. The book features Cora, a young slave on a Georgia plantation. The book describes her escape and long journey trying to get to freedom in Canada

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Discover & Go Month

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Discover & Go pop-up storytime
Contra Costa County Library
Win prizes including premium awards for some of the Bay Area's most popular attractions! For every donation of nonperishable food items you bring to the food drive at any of our branches, you can enter a special drawing. You can also enter an easy online contest, “Why I Love Discover & Go”. 

There will be an engineering extravaganza for kids hosted by the Bay Area Discovery Museum. The event will be held Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Ramon Library. There will also be pop-up storytimes at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville on Sunday, October 21 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Halloween-themed storytimes at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s Howl-ooo-ween event on Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Free BART tickets will be available for Discover & Go reservations for select museums from October 1 through December 31 (while supplies last). Complete details are available here: ccclib.org/pressroom/pressreleases/2018/DG%20BART%20Tickets.pdf, or call 800-984-4636.
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Kensington & El Cerrito 2018 One City One Book: The 57 Bus

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The 57 Bus
El Cerrito Library

Kensington and El Cerrito Library are excited to announce our 2018 One City One Book selection: The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives, by Dashka Slater.

One teenager in a skirt. 
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

The 57 Bus is Oakland journalist Dashka Slater's true account of an agender teen set on fire by another teen while riding the bus in Oakland. This riveting, heartbreaking book delves into issues of race, class, gender, crime, and punishment, and will provoke thoughtful discussions on these topics from all who read it.

Free copies of The 57 Bus are available while supplies last at the following locations:

  •         El Cerrito Library
  •         El Cerrito City Hall
  •         El Cerrito Community Center
  •         Kensington Library
  •         Well Grounded Coffee and Tea Bar

Books and downloadable eBooks are also available for check out through Contra Costa County libraries.

Pick up a book, read it, and then join the community for a month of stimulating events!


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Day of the Dead Exhibit - Dia De Los Muertos Altar

Monday, November 05, 2018
Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and other parts of Latin America, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially in the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  Celebrated from October 31st through November 2nd.

Come visit this cultural exhibit at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center to learn more or participate by making an "ofrenda" honoring the deceased in your lives.

Example Altar

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Bi-Lingual (Russian) COMPUTER HELP WITH VLAD

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Walnut Creek Libraries - Walnut Creek
Technology Center
Our library volunteer will provide answers to simple computer questions in the Technology Center on the second floor of the Walnut Creek Library. Vlad is fluent in Russian. 
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Registration is closed

Free SAT/ACT Practice Test!

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Be Prepared!
Hercules Library
Hurry and register for this ACT/SAT practice test, hosted by C2 Education! These practice tests offer a valuable real-world test environment, allowing students to better understand the testing process, while accurately measuring performance before taking the real test. Plus: tips and pointers to help you achieve your best score for these tests!
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Friends of the Moraga Library Book Sale

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Moraga Library
The Friends of the Moraga Library will be holding their book sale in front of the Moraga Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are always unique and wonderful items to be found at this popular event.
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Friends of the Ygnacio Valley Library Book Sale

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Walnut Creek Libraries - Ygnacio Valley
Meeting Room
Come find your next read and more at the Friends of the Ygnacio Valley Library Book Sale. Bag sale (fill a bag for $5) begins at 4:00PM.
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WeFixIT Coding & Computer Training

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
San Pablo Library
Program Room
WeFixIT is a service oriented organization that provides coding and computer training. Learn about the Raspberry Pi, Scratch and Python coding. No registration required. Get introduced to tomorrow's technology today at the San Pablo Library!
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Saturday Family Storytime - Mandarin

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Homework Center
"Ni Hao! Hello!" Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays in Mandarin. For children and families. Come for fun family time and to learn some Mandarin!
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H.A.L.O. Angel Ears Read-to-a-Dog

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
San Pablo Library
H.A.L.O. Angel Ears is hosting free 15 minute reading sessions with registered therapy dogs for children grades K-5. 
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Fratello Marionettes presents The Frog Prince

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Crockett Library

Please join the Crockett Library in inviting The Fratello Marionettes as they provide a beautifully crafted production of the classic fairy tale, The Frog Prince. The story follows the spoiled princess Ofelia on her birthday. Her life is changed by a chance meeting with a frog – who we know to be a handsome prince, transformed by a witch. When she loses her new golden ball down a well, the princess promises to grant the frog three wishes in exchange for the ball’s recovery. Will Ofelia follow through with her promises, and will the frog turn back into the handsome Prince?

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Homebuyer Workshop

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Concord Library
Meeting Room

If you have questions about buying and financing your first home, you’ll get the answers at this free workshop. Join us to learn about finding, financing, and owning a home of your own. You’ll gain an understanding of home buying basics including:

• Benefits and costs of owning a home

• Managing credit

• Home financing options

• The loan application process

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English Conversation Groups

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
San Pablo Library
Join us for a free weekly class to help you improve your skill in speaking and understanding English. Fun and informative lessons in a group of all skill levels. No registration required.
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Free Teen Tech Help by Appointment

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Library Open Space
Free tech help by appointment! CUSTOM HELP Local Teens can answer almost any question to suit your needs. Just ask! TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS We can help solve most problems you might encounter with your smart phone, laptop, MP3 player, eBook reader or most other consumer technology products. PERSONAL HELP Friendly, one-on-one instruction and assistance. Help available to all ages. Please bring your device with you. To make an appointment, please call the library at 925-385-2280 or come to the Information Desk during library open hours. Tutors are available for 30 minute time slots.
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Lego at the Library

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Pinole Library
Kids of all ages and the young at heart are welcome to drop in and play with Lego blocks. Creations will be displayed at the front of the library for one week!
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Knit and Crochet

12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Antioch Libraries - Antioch
Antioch Meeting Room
This program is run by two wonderful, dedicated, and talented volunteers who work closely together and are very flexible. That means that knitters and crocheters are welcome to come any time between the hours of 12:30 and 4:30 to do one thing the whole time or do a combination of knitting and crocheting. You are free to participate in the group's project or bring your own project to work on. Beginners welcome.
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Movie & Day of the Dead

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rodeo Library
Come watch a film at the library.  This month's movie is "Coco" (PG, 105 min).   Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician.  Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.  **We will also start a public altar.  Bring in remembrances for those who have passed on, to be on display until November 3rd.**
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Needle Arts

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Martinez Library
Get hands-on instruction on the needle arts with Marilyn, our dedicated and talented volunteer, who works with adults and teens of all skill levels. All instruction is free. Bring your own materials.
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Finding Your Voice with the Pinole Writing Group

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pinole Library
We’re an all-age, all experience levels group of writers with a variety of interests…some new, some published, all eager to share their work. We do timed writings and read around in a safe, lively, supportive setting. Fun, inspiring and a good way to get your writing time in! We meet on the third Saturday of the month, from 2-4pm, in the Pinole Library community room. Bring your writing materials (paper/pen, laptops) and be prepared to write together.
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Hercules Library Knitting Group

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Hercules Library
Looking to spend a pleasant Saturday afternoon with great company, good conversation, and creative ideas? Then gather up your knitting needles, crochet hooks, looms, and yarn and join the Hercules Library knitting group. All skill levels welcome! For ages 11 and up.
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Lego Creators Club

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pleasant Hill Library
Pleasant Hill Public Meeting Room
Drop in to our weekly meet-up of creative builders. Make anything you choose with our HUGE collection of bricks. Advanced builders can invent and program their own robots with our Lego Mindstorm EV3 kits. New themes and challenges every Saturday.
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Computer Docent

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Antioch Libraries - GenOn Gateway Center for Learning (Prewett)
If you need help with computers, stop in and Chris can help you.
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Lego Creators Club at the Oakley Library

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Oakley Library
Drop in to our weekly meet-up of creative builders. Make anything you choose with our HUGE collection of bricks.
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